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This review is from: Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City That Made the World (Hardcover)I am only part way through the book so far but it was an excellent choice. I chose it after reading the first few pages on line and it keeps up that style and interest as the history progresses. Boris has a great ability to write fluently and convey the interest in his topic, yet still move it along at a cracking pace like the good journalist that I imagine he was. He covers a lot of detail, here and there, by dipping in and out of what he found interesting as the story rushes past. This is not an academic history, but deals with far more details than would normally appear in a gloss covering 2000 years. And whenever he can, Boris draws out conclusions, comparisons, things about the period he is describing that he thinks are relevant to our understanding of the broad sweep of history, or to our situation today. This is history written for the interested general reader, not the professional historian, and I heartily recommend it on that basis. Bye the bye, it also shows Boris as a much greater personality and brain than he is sometimes given credit for.